Anyone who runs a significant project of the magnitude of the new Tivo unit (and the Fortune 500 company I work for does them routinely) knows that projects indeed get "adjusted" during the span of the "plan". That said, best practices and change control procedures manage delays. For that reason, having a project take 1-2 years longer than planned, when the original timeline was about 2 years to start with...demonstrates that it is laden with problems in project management. The evidence is clear. Tivo was commissioned to delver its next generation firmware to DirecTV based on specifications they were provided by a project target date. Even if those were amended during the project, if proper process was followed, the project simply should not have doubled the delivery time (or more) in the manner already seen. A specific date matters far less than the concept of holding to a delivery model. At this time - the status is that Tivo is working on their part, but hasn't completed it. DirecTV is is "wait and see mode", with apparently no "public" urgency as to a final delivery date. Other than that, few know what happens behind closed doors between the two "partners". It's really not that complicated.